So, last week I went looking for cheap, good quality face mask to try on and I found this Soo Ae Purifying Black Charcoal Mask.
This mask has good reviews and has high satisfaction ratings. If you go to Amazon, it’s priced at $6.90, but Walmart sells them cheaper at around $2.50.
The Soo Ae Purifying Black Charcoal Mask is formulated using Korean binchotan charcoal, a renowned anti-inflammatory that purifies skin while brightening the complexion. With the addition of cultured green tea extract and green caviar extract, this mask recharges, hydrates and boosts skin elasticity, resulting in beautifully clarified, smooth and supple skin in just 15 minutes.
Convenient and travel-friendly, the mask makes caring for your skin simple and easy whether at home or on the go.
Soo Ae’s special blend of plant-based ingredients is scientifically formulated with multiple herbs based on the wisdom of traditional Korean herbology which ensures synergistic efficacy and safety to help improve skin conditions.
Soo Ae’s formulations stand apart from other plant-based skincare formulations not only because of each individual plant and herb ingredient selected, but also because of the how well those ingredients work together in order to provide visible results (Amazon.com).
Ingredients as written in the package:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Botrytis (Cauliflower) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Natto Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Wheat Amino Acis, Sodium Hyaluronate
Charcoal Powder, Adenosine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castrol Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Ehtylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
Note: This contains PARABENS
Directions as written in the package:
- Cleanse skin thoroughly and apply toner and/or serum.
- Apply mask to the face, carefully aligning holes for eyes and a mouth. Smooth out air pockets with g fingertips.
- Leave on for 15-20 minutes then remove mask. Take remaining essence and pat into skin.
- When used in daytime, apply sun protection after use.
The packing feels good and light. I like the minimalistic design with just a hint of color. It’s easy to open, and it looks like the sides are well sealed.
Out of the bag
The mask feels so delightfully soft, and it is soaked in a slightly thick clear essence. It smells a little fruity but not overwhelmingly strong.
How it feels
I have redness and areas of dehydrated skin. I’ve cleaned my face using an oil cleanser and used a washcloth to get a little exfoliation. I also used a toner to prep my skin.
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It feels soft on my skin. I couldn’t smell the scent anymore when it’s on my face. It’s easy to smoothen out, but it didn’t cover my entire forehead; so what I did is took the remaining essence inside the pouch and patted it on the areas that weren’t covered by the mask.
A few minutes into using, I still didn’t feel any tingle or itchiness – that’s always a good sign for me. I Initially planned to leave it on for 30 minutes but decided to let it sit for a little longer. During the first 30 minutes, it didn’t dry out, you can still feel the sticky essence, and it still gives you that cold refreshing feeling.
Additional 15 minutes, the mask is starting to dry out a little. This time I gave my face a gentle massage to help absorb the remaining essence as well as promoting blood flow. It still has a little moisture left, so they pretty much give you a good volume of the essence in one pouch.
After leaving it on for 45 minutes, the face mask still has a little moisture in it. My face feels sticky, and after massaging the remaining essence, it left a sticky finish with no remaining scent. I still didn’t feel any tingle and itchiness.
Obviously, my face is nowhere perfect, but my skin feels soft, smooth and hydrated immediately after using the mask. I even noticed that some of my whiteheads disappeared. The redness was minimized too. This is perfect as a supplementary face mask when your skin is dehydrated during the cold season; this will help add a good boost of hydration. I highly suggest trying this product out if you want to have a cheap hydrating face mask to use weekly.